Social Technopreneurs are entrepreneurs who capitalise on technology to create new products, services, businesses, opportunities and value toward a social goal. They are people with the qualities and behaviours we associate with the business entrepreneur, but who operate in the community and are more concerned with caring and helping than making money. They often involve technology to come up with innovative solutions to social problems, or use technology as a business model for a social cause.
We especially like the definition by Martin and Osberg (2007) of the Social Entrepreneur: Someone who targets an unfortunate but stable equilibrium that causes the neglect, marginalisation, or suffering of a segment of humanity; who brings to bear on this situation his/her inspiration, direct action, creativity, courage and fortitude; and who aims for and ultimately affects the establishment of a new stable equilibrium that secures permanent benefit for the targeted group and society at large.
A Social Technopreneur is someone like the Social Entrepreneur, where he/she uses business and technology to come out with something new to create an innovation. Once the person succeeds in it, he/she exploits his/her achievement in the market to make money, and channels the money back to further the social cause. So in a way, a Social Technopreneur operates business differently from any other business person or social entrepreneur. The business of a Social Technopreneur has high growth potential and high leverage of knowledge and intellectual property to tackle complex social issues.
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